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Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: A Photography Exhibit | UC Berkeley Art Studio | Opening Reception | Friday April 15th | 6-9pm

We here at the Clog are no novices when it comes to cell-phone photography: the paltry megapixel count won’t deter us from firing up that camera app and capturing the nearest scene of interest in a grainy, vintage sepia.

But despite our love for the mobile art, we could never claim to have our work featured in our own exhibition. That honor would instead have to go to Desmond Goble, Sean Mancillas and Matthew Quan – creators of the tumblr poundingserfs – whose photographs will be on display at the UC Berkeley Art Studio beginning this Friday in a show entitled “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.”

The three friends live in different parts of the state, but maintain their blog of unedited cell snapshots to “document their individual surroundings and create a photographic dialogue.” Hmm. So is it art, or just a picture of someone’s breakfast? Goble, Mancillas and Quan’s beautifully subtle collection has managed to convince us that it can be both.

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely opens this Friday, April 15, with a reception from 6-9 p.m. We’ll be going, despite the fact that the featured photographs will undoubtedly make our own “hipstamatic” cell snapshots look like garbage. But it’s okay; we only took those photos ironically…

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely [Bay Area Arts]
Image Source: Matthew Quan

wheelerIn case you were unaware, or didn’t hear (as a recent Facebook update so aptly put it) the “hella copters” circling over campus, Wheeler Hall has been shut down following protests that have been occurring all afternoon. At the peak of the protests, several hundred people were gathered outside to support a small group of seven individuals who have staked out on the roof of the building in protest of the recent fee hikes.

A live blog of the goings-on can be found here, with further coverage available via Twitter.

Image Source: Amir Moghtaderi

5343623250_706e3e606e_bTest your “emotional intelligence” with a short quiz developed by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Based in part on research by Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, the quiz has you determine the emotion conveyed in twenty different facial expressions. We may have had a little trouble distinguishing pain from disgust and love from compassion, but at least we can look forward to the upcoming “empathy training tool,” which is sure to steer us clear of such heinous misinterpretations in the future.

Body Language Quiz [Greater Good]
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4624971087_f42857220dIf you’re anything like us, you may have been intrigued by the name of Dale Stephens’ entrepreneurial brainchild. “UnCollege?” we thought. “Sounds edgy.” But if you’re anything like us, that interest was probably notably diminished after reading the associated subtitle: “Home-Schooling for College Students.” Hmm.

According to the website, the goal of UnCollege is to:

“[connect] a network of independent learners to mentors to support learning from real-world experiences and self-designed projects to complement traditional higher education.”

Stephens, a freshman at Hendrix College and the founder of UnCollege, was home-schooled throughout childhood and sees no reason why the at-home learning experience shouldn’t carry over into higher education. “I don’t feel that I’ve learned things that I couldn’t have learned on my own,” he stated recently, maintaining that traditional colleges are not only lacking in academic rigor, but also that — with more than 70 percent of high school graduates attending college — degrees no longer guarantee success.

That all seems fair … and almost noble. After all, it’s about restoring the primacy of learning to higher education! Knowledge, enlightenment and all that.

But while we can appreciate the sentiment, we just can’t see something like this catching on. Despite the fact that UnCollege won’t grant any official degrees, it still “costs $100 per month to attend and has a few required assignments.” Assignments? Money? UnCollege is starting to sound a bit too much like regular college, just perhaps with a higher acceptance rate into UnEmployment. Sign us up!

Uncollege: Home-schooling For College Students [Huffinton Post]
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A typical male researcher when exposed to IT.

A new study authored in part by Haas School of Business’ Waverly Ding seems to suggest that “access to information technology benefits female research scientists more than their male counterparts.”

Apparently, female researchers with access to IT saw an 18 percent boost in publications in certain institutions. “I’m not saying IT isn’t helping men; it’s positive for both,” says Ding. “However, women gain more from IT advancement in universities than men do.”

The study surveyed more than 4,000 researchers from the past 25 years. To account for the years prior to the mid-1990s, when the Internet not yet in wide use, Ding studied access to a prototypical informational technology called “BITNET.” The technology lacked email and search engines, but it did allow for researchers to connect and share information among one another. Historically, after a university installed a BITNET system, “women’s publications increased 19 percent.” There was no significant gain for men.

It begs the question: what could those male researchers possibly have been using IT for, if not strictly for research purposes? Hmm…

Closing the Gender Gap in Scientific Publishing [Haas Newsroom]
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If-theres-no-text-at-all-Is-it-still-a-bookJust because we here at the Clog are living at the cutting-edge —inhabiting a digital frontier, if you will — doesn’t mean that we lack an appreciation for some of the finer qualities of the more … antiquated media. Which is why we were excited to hear that The Codex International Book Fair and Symposium will soon be arriving here in Berkeley. The fair, featuring 138 exhibitors, is dedicated to showcasing the artistry of books: the tomes on display aren’t the type that siphon funds from your bank account each semester, but are more often limited-edition, hand crafted works of individual artisans the world over.

Among the things you will likely witness at the book fair:

“Books that are boxes, books that open accordion-style, hand-printed books with original illustrations and bindings crafted from wood and bone…Inside may be contemporary poetry, or Shakespeare, or essays written by the artists themselves — or no text at all.”


The event will be in town for four days beginning this Sunday, February 13, at Pauley Ballroom.

A Fair Display of Books as Art [UC Berkeley NewsCenter]
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Oftentimes we forget that our phones are capable of things other than playing Angry Birds or receiving countless text messages from our many exceedingly attractive romantic prospects. (Ha.) And while it may take some effort to see beyond that narrow range of cellular activities, it takes true vision to realize that the technology can become something much more: A possibility at greatly improving the quality of life in developing countries.

That was the vision in mind when NextDrop, a winner of UC Berkeley’s 2010 “Big Ideas” Competition, sought to harness the power of mobile phone networks to provide an up-to-the minute alert system for residents of water-strapped nations. Anu Sridharan, a student and member of the Berkeley-based group, explains the situation in many parts of India: read more »

This guy wrote a good resume.

This guy wrote a good resume.

A new term and a new year have put us in the mood to really apply ourselves. Specifically, by applying to jobs and internships. And like most processes of applying oneself, securing a coveted position starts off with a proper resume. Whether your current resume is already bursting at the margins or is no more than a blank sheet of paper, a hilarious (read: irritating) list of the “Top 5 Intern Resume Mistakes,” recently put together by Politico’s James Kotecki, may point in the right direction. Or at least point out what he, James Kotecki, deems to be the wrong directions, leaving you to figure the rest out for yourself.

We’ve perused Mr. Kotecki’s list of mistakes -

5. High School is Over
4. Useless Padding
3. You Did WHAT?
2. Obvious Typos
1. You Don’t Match. At ALL

- and consolidated it into two points for your reading convenience. According to Kotecki:

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DSCN5607 If you’re a Berkeley student, you probably got a bizarre message in your inbox this afternoon with the cryptic subject-line: “What Cal Student Want: Do You Agree?”

After determining – with some degree of difficulty – that the message was not spam, we found that it was simply a request to take a survey from the UC Berkeley Operational Excellence Student Services Initiative. So we obliged and took the survey. It’s true: most of the improvements noted were indeed things that we, as “Cal student,” want.

But it got us thinking: “what do we want, really?” Intelligible, proper grammar? Nah. We want to take surveys.

Student Affairs and Operational Excellence [Site]

President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union Address last night. The entire speech can be found online, in case you missed it, along with plenty of political commentary critiquing or lauding everything from the president’s delivery and pronouncements to the behavior of congress.

But if you’re going to let anybody influence the way you think, it might as well be UC Berkeley professors and staff, who have published their analysis of Obama’s address on The Berkeley Blog. It’s well worth the read, if only to feel even more informed and opinionated than before.

[The Berkeley Blog]
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